Morgan scores five as United States of America open World Cup defence with record victory


"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that ..." While some criticized the team for turning in what looks like a lopsided football score (despite goal differential being part of the tiebreaker for an easier draw in the knockout stage), Kyle focused on the celebrations.

Former World Cup players Clare Rustad, Kaylyn Kyle, and Diana Matheson also zeroed in on Rapinoe and Morgan calling their actions "classless". I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!

"I did say i thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0. It's embarrassing for the federations, and for FIFA as well", said Rapinoe as she reflected on the gulf between the world's top sides and the rest.

Unfortunately, the story took an uglier turn when Kyle wrote on social media she had received death threats following her criticism of the U.S.

US women thrashed Thailand by 13 goals as Alex Morgan and Co run riot to set new World Cup record. Go join the 6-year-olds in the park.

One TV commentator said the win was so comprehensive that the US should have stopped attacking late in the game, when the result wasn't in doubt.

"This is high-level competition, and the Americans have no reason to apologize for treating it as such". They've been denied fair pay compared to their men's team for years and they're out to make a statement about just how good they are, both on the pitch and in the court of public opinion.

Former U.S. global Taylor Twellman, now a TV analyst, hit out at the players for their celebrations against beleaguered opponents.

The Americans play No. 39 Chile in Paris on Sunday. No doubt, we're going to stay humble and we go back to work.

Morgan became the first player with five goals and three assists in the same match.

Alex Morgan netted five times, while there were braces for Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis.

Horan smashed in the third in the 32nd minute, but the floodgates really opened in the second half as Ellis's side scored four times in six minutes shortly after the restart.

The U.S. outshot Thailand 30-2 (21-2 in shots on target) and had 75 percent possession.